1700 SW 7th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66606-1690      785-295-8000
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Cancer Support Groups

Cancer support groups assist patients and their families and friends in focusing on living and the quality of a person's life rather than on dying and life's duration. St. Francis offers oncology support groups for persons coping with cancer.

Breast Cancer Support Group
This monthly group provides education and support for those living with breast cancer and the significant people in their lives. St. Francis Comprehensive Cancer Center nurses facilitate the group. Participants are encouraged to attend at any point in the diagnosis and treatment journey. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 785-295-7800.

Gynecologic Cancer Support Group
This monthly group provides education and support for those living with gynecologic cancer. St. Francis Comprehensive Cancer Center staff and a volunteer facilitate this group. Participants are encouraged to attend at any point in their diagnosis and treatment journey. The group meets the first Saturday of each month. For more information, call 785-295-7800.

Man to Man
This monthly group program provides information about prostate cancer and related issues to men and their partners in a supportive environment. Trained volunteers provide one-on-one visitation to newly diagnosed cancer patients. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month. Spouses and friends are strongly encouraged to attend. For more information, please call 785-295-7800.

Ostomy Group
This monthly group provides support and information about ostomy-related issues to patients and their family members. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 785-295-5555.

Turbans
A limited number of turbans and other products are available through the St. Francis Comprehensive Cancer Center. For more information, please call 785-295-7800.

American Cancer Society

Camp Hope
Camp Hope is a free week-long camp offered in June to children ages 8 to 21 who have or have had cancer. The camper’s family must provide transportation to and from the camp, which is located near Great Bend. For more information, please contact the American Cancer Society at 785-273-4422.

Guest Room Program
The Guest Room Program is a cooperative effort between the American Cancer Society and local hotels and motels that provides free or discounted overnight accommodations to cancer patients who have traveled at least 50 miles from their homes to receive treatment. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 785-273-4422.

Loan Closet
The American Cancer Society has a loan closet with various items that are available to cancer patients free of charge. Some of the items include wigs, turbans and hats, as well as breast prostheses and bras. For more information, call the American Cancer Society at 785-273-4422.

Look Good ... Feel Better
Look Good ... Feel Better is a free program designed to help female cancer patients learn how to cope with the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Women meet in a group setting and with the assistance of a trained cosmetologist learn techniques to help restore their appearance and self-esteem through the use of makeup, wigs, scarves and other accessories. For more information or to register for a session, contact the American Cancer Society at 785-273-4422.

Road to Recovery
In Topeka and some surrounding communities, volunteer drivers transport patients to and from cancer treatment. For more information, please contact the American Cancer Society at 785-273-4422.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Support Group

For more information, please call 800-779-2417.